About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Vintage Dishes – Seen in a Magazine

When I’m shopping for vintage dishes, I sometimes buy old magazines as well. Many home publications contain how-to articles that are just as “evergreen” as my favorite vintage dishes.

I can see why writers, photographers and food stylists choose to use vintage classics to show off the food in a recipe story, or illustrate the important points in articles about style.

Good design always shines!

These three example vintage dinnerware patterns all date from the 1950s and 1960s.

Paging through a copy of Taste of Home’s Cooking for Two (Summer 2016) I saw a striking photo of a . . . → Read More: Vintage Dishes – Seen in a Magazine

Starburst Search Vintage Franciscan China

Starburst Franciscan china

I’m looking for a few pieces of the Starburst pattern to add to my collection. This is vintage dinnerware from the 1950s and 1960s, with an “atomic” star motif.

Think Space Age, Mid-Century Modern, and Mad Men.

The shapes are a bit of a twist: not quite round plates and triangular for the tray that holds the salt and pepper shakers.

So far, I’ve purchased a vintage magazine ad from a ladies publication of the time. It shows off the china in a contemporary table setting.

This ware was made for about 12 years, between the mid-50s and mid-60s. Yet . . . → Read More: Starburst Search Vintage Franciscan China

Ben Around Every Corner

Iroquois china vintage cup saucer Vision Ben Seibel

Ben Seibel, that is.

Small towns in the American Midwest might not be the first place you’d think of to find modern design classics. But Ben Seibel Design dinnerware has been around for more than 50 years, and you never know…

On the dish trail last week, we found a bit of Ben in one of those unexpected places. It had “good dirt” on it, which means to me it was stored in newspapers, out of harm’s way, in a garage or attic for many years.

Iroquois (of Syracuse, New York) produced some Ben Seibel designs in the 1950s, like . . . → Read More: Ben Around Every Corner

Ben Seibel, Lazy Daisy, vintage charm

Iroquoise china creamer Lazy Daisy Ben Seibel

There’s always more to love when it comes to dinnerware designed by Ben Seibel. One of those patterns is Lazy Daisy, from Iroquois China Co. of Syracuse, New York. The Iroquois “Informal” line is just that, both in shape and decor.

Lazy Daisy was one of the first patterns made in this funky, 1950s dinnerware.

The others are Harvest time (earth colors with large leaves), Blue Diamonds, Vision and Rosemary. Both the motifs and shapes are distinctive, once you develop an eye for them, and so retro…

Sculptural, sassy, and still available in the secondary marketplace, if you aspire . . . → Read More: Ben Seibel, Lazy Daisy, vintage charm

Polaris Vintage Syracuse China

Syracuse china Polaris vintage dinnerware

Hard to believe it’s been so long since my last post, but it has been a busy shopping season. You could almost feel the pent-up garage sales…. waiting for the snow to go and nice weather to arrive.

One of the best things we found in our travels so far (and the summer’s not over yet) was a set of beautiful vintage china by Syracuse, from the 1960s-1970s.

The Polaris pattern has elegant platinum stars and rims, on a creamy white background. Many people associate Syracuse with restaurant, hotel and railroad wares. Polaris is one of the fine china . . . → Read More: Polaris Vintage Syracuse China

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